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  • Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson of Perry, along with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Vann of Greenville, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Rebecca Lauren Thompson and Joseph Lee Vann Jr.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Watson of the Sycamore Community, along with Mary Elliott and the late Earl Elliott of Newark, Ohio, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Kelly L. Brown and Stacey E. Elliott.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Dan Laricchiuta of Quincy and the step-granddaughter of Patricia Reeves and the late Bill Reeves of the Sycamore Community. She is employed at the West End Grille.

    The groom-elect is self-employed.

  • Have you got the best mom on the planet?  Has your mother sacrificed for you, loved and supported you, and now you want to find a special way to say thanks?

    Here’s your chance.

    The Gadsden County Times is holding a Mother of the Year contest, and is seeking entries. Tell us, in 25 words or less, what makes your mom so special. Contest entries will be accepted via e-mail (editor@gadcotimes.com), dropped off at our office at 15 S. Madison St. in Quincy, or by mail at 15 S. Madison St., Quincy, FL 32351. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. on April 28.

  • Jerome Maples is a senior at West Gadsden High School. He’s the student school board member for the Gadsden County School District.

    And he’s gunning for your job, Gov. Crist.

    Earlier this month, Maples served as a messenger at the Capitol, working with Rep. Alan Williams. He was one of 12 students working there during what Maples called a very hectic week.

    “It was a great experience. It was a way to see the other side of politics and to see the Capitol, which is a very busy place,” he said.

  • Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottcamp paid a visit to Chattahoochee Elementary School last Wednesday, and found himself a little caught off-guard.

    Kottcamp was on hand to present two microscopes to the school, along with dictionaries. After handing out the dictionaries, he sat down next to two little girls, and asked them what word they’d like to look up.

    “Specious,” was the reply. Kottcamp was visibly surprised, but encouraged the young ladies to look up the word and read him the meaning.

  • We’re looking for information on local summer camps and day programs for children and teens in and around Gadsden County. Know of one? Part of one? Give us a call at 627-7649 or send us the information via e-mail to editor@gadcotimes.com. We’ll help you get the word out!

    Some camps we’ve heard of in the area that you may be interested in are:

    Camp Timpoochee (4-H) • June 14-18

  • We’re looking for information on local summer camps and day programs for children and teens in and around Gadsden County. Know of one? Part of one? Give us a call at 627-7649 or send us the information via e-mail to editor@gadcotimes.com. We’ll help you get the word out!

    Some camps we’ve heard of in the area that you may be interested in are:

    Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts & Fitness

    Summer Fit Camp

    1412 Florida-Georgia Hwy. in Havana

  • Gadsden County School District Teacher of the Year Randall Austin firmly believes in his mantra: Every day, every child, every chance.

    And it’s that attitude that caused him to want to become a teacher in the first place.

    Now in his second year of teaching at East Gadsden High School, Austin is a graduate of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., where he earned a degree in economics. After college, he ran a hauling company and learned how to run a landfill.

  • If you drop by the Stewart Street  Elementary classroom of Gadsden County’s Rookie Teacher of the Year, Nicole Dixon, you might find her students at the Smart Board teaching each other. You may find them eagerly raising their hands to answer a question from their teacher. You might even find them dancing.

    But what you’ll definitely find is a teacher who is passionate about helping her students become passionate about learning.

  • Marilyn Basford, a paraprofessional at Gadsden Elementary Magnet School and the Gadsden County School-Related Employee of the Year, blushes a little when she’s congratulated for winning the honor. She’s quick to tell you...she just loves children.

    A native of Jacksonville, Basford moved to Chattahoochee in 1972. She worked at Chattahoochee Elementary for 19 years before coming to GEMS, and has worked with Gadsden County children for 27 years.

  • Family has always been important to Shirley Vickers. But now that she’s had to face some of her worst fears, her family – and her life – have gained new meaning.

    Vickers went in for a regularly scheduled mammogram last October, and was called in for a second one. Then she received a call asking her to come in for a sonogram. The day after that, her doctor called again, asking her to come in to the office.

  • Lilly and Aubrey Rogers, along with the late Dora Bradwell, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Lillie Butler and Jerome Bradwell.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of James A. Shanks and is a preschool teacher.

    The groom-elect is also a Shanks graduate and is employed as a forklift operator.

    The wedding is planned for March 19.

    After a honeymoon in Detroit, Mich., the couple will make their home in Quincy.

  • Mary McLeod Bethune, a woman who received international recognition for her contributions as a educator, politician and civil rights leader, was much more than that, according to her grandson Albert McLeod Bethune Jr., a Quincy resident.

    "I would refer to her as a social entrepreneur. She was an extraordinary woman who was driven by her intellect and business savvy," said Bethune, who grew with his grandmother in Daytona Beach.

  • Onner and Sharon Holloway, along with Catherine Sailor and James Pendleton, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Juiderra Bryant and Travis Sailor.

    The wedding will be held March 6 in Havana, with a reception following.

    After a honeymoon in the Bahamas, the couple will make their home in Tallahassee.

  • Mike and Debbie Waters of Quincy, along with Terry and Gloria Tillman of Jacksonville, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Staci Michelle Waters and Jeffery Wayne Tillman.

    The bride-elect is a 2006 graduate of North Florida Christian School. She will graduate in August 2010 from FAU in Delray Beach, with a bachelor's degree in social sciences and a minor in sociology.

  • “Mr. Willis, aren’t you going to ask us what we did on our weekend?” one of my dejected seventh graders asked me.

    “I’m sorry, Michelle, why don’t you share with the class what you did over the weekend?” I replied, with a slight smile on my face.  After all, I couldn’t smile too enthusiastically.  If I did they might realize that I was about to have as much fun as they were.

  • I hope that you are having a relatively stress-free week readers.  I certainly hope so; you  deserve it with the trying times we are living in.

    I’m afraid I might be like many of you and certainly have been having my share of anxious moments.  But, then, most all of us have lived long enough to have learned that life was not meant to be lived as a carefree one.

    If you watch or read the news often enough you have probably found it to be a rather depressing experience with little or no good news thrown into the mix.

  • If ever any proof was needed that a couple that plays together stays together, it can be found in the relationship between Bob and Nell Hollingsworth. The pair meet one night in 1949 when a traveling skating rink stopped in Quincy. He was actually walking Nell's friend, Mary Catherine, home from a night of skating.

    "For several years I dated Bob's best friend and he dated my best friend and we would double date. She asked me to keep an eye on him. He was quite the ladies man and I did," Nell said with a wink.

  • Carol Lavin of Old Town, along with Annelle Soponis of Reading, Pa. and Gwynn Kidd of Quincy, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Allison Sandy Lavin and David Mento Kidd.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ester C. Lavin of Reisterstown, Md., and is a graduate of Dixie County High School and Florida State University, where she double-majored in business management and human resource management. She is employed with Ideal Image as a guest service consultant.

  • Have you dined recently with a friend, spouse, or family member, perhaps to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

    How many of you spent most of that time looking at that person across the table or next to you and had a conversation?

    No?  Was it because you were too busy texting someone or speaking to someone on your cell phone?  

    And you, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, why are you seated across from one another on Valentines Day, of all days, in this romantic establishment hiding behind your newspaper?